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Dorfman - National Theatre, Upper Ground
Dorfman - National Theatre, Upper Ground
Our Review 4 / 5

“What about people who can’t make friends? Or who don’t laugh and are full of no love? They’re the real disabilities. I think.”

Agnes and her daughter Kelly have walked the same stretch of Skegness beach every day for fifteen years. They devour ice cream, hunt for crabs and watch as things mysteriously vanish along the shoreline. But when Kelly meets Neil, their cosy world soon begins to unravel.

With her mum struggling to understand the needs of a maturing daughter with Down’s Syndrome, Kelly and Neil have to fight for their right to be together. While Agnes and Kelly drift further and further apart, an event is coming that will change all of their lives forever.

Jellyfish is the story of a first kiss, chips by the beach and coming of age in modern Britain. It’s a unique romance across uncharted waters which asks: does everyone really have the right to love as they choose?

Following a sold-out run at the Bush Theatre last year, Sarah Gordy returns to play Kelly for a limited run of this funny and tender new play. She performs alongside Penny Layden and Nicky Priest who also reprise their roles in Jellyfish, which will play in the Dorfman Theatre.

All performances will play in a more relaxed performance environment.

Previews from |
5th July 2019
Opening date |
10th July 2019
Booking from |
15th April 2021
Available until |
16th July 2019
Closes |
16th July 2019
Categories |
Ben Weatherill
Tim Hoare
Jamie Platt
Ella Wahlström
Amy Jane Cook
Cast list:
Sarah Gordy, Penny Layden, Nicky Priest

Dorfman - National Theatre Venue Information

Dorfman - National Theatre, National Theatre, Upper Ground, Ground South Bank, London, SE1 9PX
Nearest tube:
Waterloo, Southwark, Embankment

Customer reviews

Our Review of Jellyfish


The best plays are those that shift your perspective and allow you to consider the world with an entirely different perspective. On the face of it, Jellyfish is a regular love story about an extra-ordinary couple. Neil and Kelly met at a Skeggy arcade, and fell in love eating chips on the seafront. They see each other behind parents’ backs, making the most of a free house when mum’s at work. What sets Ben Weatherill’s play apart is that it tackles unchartered territory:... Read more

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